08 April 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

I'm the kind of reader that is automatically curious as soon as I see a book that's a bit different from the normal.  However, I'm also a little scared of them - what if I don't understand why a book is clever, or funny, or profound because it's just STRANGE to me?

This list is all about books that caught my eye for being different - and proved I had nothing to be scared of.

Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

With a plot based in Christian eschatology, in theory I should never have liked this series.  But it was the main character that really made this series for me - and despite my reservations, the religious aspect didn't bother me at all - and by the end I actually understood more about it ;)

Every Day by David Levithan

Yes yes, this one AGAIN.  But the gender neutrality of A, the underlying message of the book, and the idea of inhabiting a different persons body every single day without having your own body?  Fascinating, moving and intense.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

It's the subject matter that makes Forbidden a little unique - but it's the way that Suzuma made me care about the characters that really made it stand out to me.

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

The only intersex book I've ever read, it's also an outstanding book with characters that I adored and despised as appropriate, and the kind of gritty plot that I love.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This is just about as unique as a book can get - there are pages with just a few words in the middle of the page, upside-down, sideways, diagonal, multiple columns on one page - I loved it, but just to look at it is pretty mind blowing.  And yes, the story is just as freaky as the format.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In the Shadow of Blackbirds is unique because it takes a whole bunch of genres - paranormal, historical fiction, romance and squishes them all together, sandwiched between photographs in the most unusual and perfect way.

Meat by Joseph D'Lacey

The first (and only) eco-horror-dystopian I've ever read, it's also horror with a social message - and along with being more than slightly disturbing, it's a book that made me think about meat in a whole different light (but I still love a bacon sarnie)

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

YA dystopian/PA isn't THAT unusual ;) but there are so many elements in Not a Drop to Drink that go against the standard formula - there's no overwhelming romance, it's a page turner even when not a lot is happening and has some of the strongest female characters I've ever read.

The Three by Sarah Lotz

I'm still at a bit of a loss how to describe this book (my review has been in draft format for several weeks as I keep thinking about the book and tweaking things), but it was so riveting.  Although I need to wipe it from my mind before I fly next.....

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Although a GLBT isn't unique for Levithan, the narration of this one is about as unique as it comes - a Greek chorus of AIDS victims isn't a recurring theme in YA GLBT novels.

What unique books have you read?  I need some more odd ones for my collection ;-)


  1. I've only read Every Day and Two Boys Kissing from you list but I agree, they are both complete standouts. Two Boys Kissing had me in tears...

  2. Great list! I almost read Forbidden but couldn't get into it as the time, I think I'm going to try again. I added House of Leaves to my Goodreads shelf, it sounds weird enough for me!

    Gunmen, Raptors and Love Letters - Under The Mountain's TTT

  3. NADTD is on my list too! I'm just...gah, I'm awe-struck at that book STILL. I was pretty freakishly excited when I heard there was a sequel, and I just hope it lives up to the awesomeness. That book was so raw. Honestly, wonderful. :) My TTT!

  4. I totally should have included Forbidden on my list - I can't believe I actually didn't. It really was a unique and extremely touching read.

  5. I agree that Not A Drop To Drink was a very unique book. But the first book that pops in my mind when reading the title for this TTT is Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor!

  6. I am reading that one RIGHT NOW. Not literally, but I will be in a minute ;)

  7. It frequently makes my TTT lists - hence why I couldn't forget it ;)

  8. I finished reading the sequel just last night and it is AMAZING. Still getting my thoughts in order, but I think I liked it even better than NaDtD!

  9. I can see how Forbidden can be a mood book - it's so intense.

    Even if you don't read House of Leaves, you should have a look at a copy - it's amazing.

  10. Oh, I'm sure you're gonna love it! I'm impatiently awaiting the arrival of the last book of the trilogy in the mail!

  11. It was so good. Can't wait until her next book comes out.

    DO IT - that book scared the crap out of me, but it was such a ride!



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